One of the most visible faces of BJP on television, Prakash Javadekar is considered close to former party president Nitin Gadkari, a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s core group.
A former banker, Javadekar, 63, had his grooming in politics in Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the students wing of RSS.
He was a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council for two terms from 1990 to 2002 before being elected to Rajya Sabha in 2008.
Hailing from Pune, Javadekar, a commerce graduate, is a BJP spokesperson and party’s incharge of Andhra Pradesh.
He was instrumental in striking a deal with Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP. Javadekar also played a role in unearthing cash for vote scam.
51-year-old Sonowal is one of the most promising leaders from Assam. Elected to Lok Sabha after defeating Union Minister Ranee
Narah in Lakhimpur constituency, he is credited with leading the BJP in the state as president to help it bag seven seats out of 14, raising the tally from four.
“My priority is Assam’s all round development besides zero tolerance for the illegal migrants and complete seal of Indo-BanglA border,” Sonowal told PTI immediately after taking oath.
Sonowal, who had entered Lok Sabha for the first time in 2004 after defeating former Union Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar in Dibrugarh, entered politics by joining AGP in 2001 and soon he was elected as MLA.
He is considered to be one the most popular leaders in Assam having long career in public life since his days as a student leader.
After having difference with the AGP leadership, the former president of powerful All Assam Students Union, had joined the BJP in 2011. He was appointed as the President of the state unit of BJP in 2012.
Sonowal is also credited with successfully challenging the controversial Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act, which was stuck down by Supreme Court terming the legislation as “the biggest hurdle and is the main impediment or barrier in the identification and deportation of illegal migrants”.